Sep 19, 2006

Najib Says No Action Against Zaid For His Comments

Oh I thought PM Badawi's style of management is no one can criticise the government?

Extracted from BERNAMA
Najib Says No Action Against Zaid For His Comments

SUBANG, Sept 18 (Bernama) -- The government under Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi encourages Members of Parliament to speak out in Parliament so long as they follow the rules, said Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak.

He said that for this reason, no action would be taken against Barisan Nasional's (BN) Kota Baharu MP Datuk Zaid Ibrahim who criticised the administration.

"He can give whatever views he wants in Parliament so long as he does not contravene the standing orders of Parliament and we will take into account what he said," he told reporters after opening a housing project for military personnel at the Royal Malaysian Air Force base, here Monday.

During the debate on Budget 2007 in the Dewan Rakyat last week, Zaid said the Prime Minister had still not brought any reform as promised after three years in the post.

Najib said Abdullah himself hoped BN MPs could play a more effective role so that the people would not turn to the opposition.

However, the BN MPs should bear in mind that they must continue to support the government and the Prime Minister, he added.

On another issue, Najib advised Penang Umno Youth to be patient and wait for Penang Chief Minister Tan Sri Dr Koh Tsu Koon to call them for a meeting to discuss ways to overcome the alleged marginalisation of the Malays in the state.

The military housing project covers 32 hectares and is provided with a mosque and a community hall.

The project will make available eight bungalows, 20 units of semi-D double-storey houses, 108 units of double-storey houses and 524 units of apartments.

In his speech, Najib said the Defence Ministry's target was to provide housing for 60 per cent of the military personnel's families.

To achieve the objective, RM1.05 billion has been allocated under the Ninth Malaysia Plan to complete 32 continuation projects and build five new projects involving a total 8,949 units of housing, he said.


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